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Monday, 2 August 2021

#BookReview THE DREAM WEAVERS by BARBARA ERSKINE #20BooksOfSummer2021


This is book 10 of my 20 Books of Summer 2021


The new gripping historical novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lady of Hay.

A nest of vipers, they called us. But that is not how it was.

Mercia, 775 AD. In the grand Saxon halls of Mercia, King Offa rules with ruthless ambition. Aggressive and relentlessly acquisitive, his three daughters are destined to marry advantageously in service of their country. Eadburh, the youngest, is neither the cleverest nor the most beautiful of the three. But, with her father’s ruthless spirit and the secret gifts passed down from her mother, she is determined to carve her own path in the world.

2021. Simon Armstrong has escaped to a secluded cottage on the English-Welsh borders, desperate to finish his book about Anglo-Saxon King Offa. But he soon finds himself disturbed by unsettling noises and visions. Calling in local expert Bea to identify the issue, Simon hopes to get back some peace – but soon Bea is as embroiled as he is, feeling increasingly connected to a ghostly presence that is growing ever-stronger in its desire for revenge.

And when Simon’s daughter disappears, centuries of secrets and resentment begin to tumble out…

An epic tale of deceit, revenge and exile from the queen of timeslip historical fiction.

Time is running out as the past and present collide…



An epic tale that totally engrosses you in the history! Even though it's a bit of a chunk of a book - over 500 pages - the time spent with these characters and in their worlds, just flies by and I loved every single minute of it!

Transported to the Welsh hills, we follow the story of a writer who is seeking solitude to complete his latest book. It is focused on the history of the area, specifically that of King Offa and his family, and what a story they have to tell! Their story comes to life when the author, Simon, starts hearing voices around the cottage he is living in and calls in a local woman, Bea, who has a 'gift' for being in touch with the spiritual world. But the dreams and voices she encounters at this cottage are like no other she's experienced before, and she finds herself fully immersed in the past through her dreams and visions.

I loved the setting and the characters of this book. You totally understood Simon and his need for quiet, but with the past connecting with the present he gets a little bit closer to the time period he is concentrating on. And in Bea, you can understand her battle in not really wanting to get too involved, but getting totally swept along in the romance and darkness of the past. The characters of Eadburh and Elisedd, are so captivating as we watch their stories play out too and I can't choose between which time period I loved reading about the most!!

With the added mix of family becoming involved in the drama and danger, and the present mirroring the past, I totally lost myself in these worlds and didn't want it all to end!! Enthralling and captivating!!


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